The New Next:Welcome to Digilog
Until recently, we talked about the distinction between analog and digital as if one was better than the other. Nostalgia for rituals led some to abandon their digital cameras in favor of film and buy albums on vinyl instead of via iTunes. This is changing, though: The generations behind us have never lived in a world without the Internet, so they don't see a distinction between online and offline. Instead of competing, digital and analog channels are beginning to function together seamlessly, complementing and enhancing each other.
A ubiquitous city
When it is completed in 2015, New Songdo City in South Korea will be the world's first completely ubiquitous (or "U") city built from scratch. New Songdo will have a digital infrastructure built into it from the ground up that will link all information systems - residential, business, medical and governmental. Ways that digital applications will be woven into residents' lives include blanketed Wi-Fi coverage; universal cards that can be used to pay bills, take public transportation and access medical records; and recycling bins that credit the recycler via RFID linking technology.
Vinyl gets mobile
No longer do vinyl enthusiasts have to wait until they're at home to enjoy their collections. A year or two ago, recording artists started sticking slips of paper into their vinyl record sleeves. The slips featured a code that one could enter into a Web site to download a digital copy of the record they had just purchased. Some turntables today also have the capability to convert records to digital files via USB.
Wiki travel guide
Built for the Android mobile platform by Mobilizy, Wikitude allows you to learn about places while you're on the go. Not only can you type in a location and get facts about it, but you can use GPS to read about where you're standing at any given moment. The facts are paired with geotagged photographs that other people have taken of your location, creating an augmented reality experience of your surroundings with called-out trivia bites.